Girl Guides - Girl Rock February 1, 2020: Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), Australia. Credit: Ryan C / Event Photos Australia

Our People


The President

The President of Girl Guides Victoria is the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.

On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role.

Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect.

In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law, and the community.

State Commissioner

The State Commissioner for Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Janelle Howell. Janelle is the 20th Victorian State Commissioner and assumed this role in February 2020 after serving as Executive Board Member.

Janelle brings a wide range of professional experience gained in the corporate and not for profit sectors to the role, including being a qualified primary school teacher and librarian, and five years as a residential boarding house mistress. Janelle is also the General Manager – Risk with AMP Australia. 

Janelle has a long legacy of volunteering including several Board positions, skilled volunteering and leadership with various charities including the Edmund Rice Camps which provides camping experiences for children and families experiencing disadvantage.

Janelle brings a strong understanding and appreciation for the work of the current State Team, and seeks to use her term as State Commissioner to amplify the Voice of the Girl through support of Leaders, enhancing leadership culture and experience.

Governance Chair

The Governance Chair of the Executive Committee of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Michèle Stokes. Michèle was elected to the Board of Girl Guides Victoria in May 2018 and has served on the GGA board for the last 12 months. Michèle has been involved in Guiding since her childhood in the UK where she was a youth member, Unit leader across Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, District Commissioner and led a Welsh group to an International camp in Canada. Michèle was also part of the Getting into Governance Programme, mentoring young women through Girl Guides Australia.

Michèle’s professional career is in Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacture, predominantly in Business Development and is just transitioning into a Chief Operating Officer Role in an Australian Biotech company. Michèle brings experience in growing businesses and is committed to supporting the growth of Girl Guiding in Australia.


Chief Executive Officer



Executive Team

Tess Birch

Occupation: Lawyer
Executive Member since: 6 June 2016
Experience: Legal experience, governance, corporate fund raising, guiding experience

Kathryn Brown

Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Auditing, banking, fund management

Ann Cook

Occupation: Retired Manager, Research and Writing
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Administration, extensive Guiding knowledge, personnel management

Sarah Hill

Occupation: Senior Manager 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020
Experience: Advocacy, senior management, strategy development, governance 

Julie Humphrey

Occupation: Director 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020 
Experience: Leadership, governance, consulting, management, strategic planning and development 

Tina Kuek

Occupation: Senior Policy Officer
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Policy, Guiding experience, humanitarianism 

Helen Reid

Occupation: Librarian
Executive Member since: 25 May 2019
Experience: Management, research, Guiding experience

Lynda Sanders

Occupation: Property and Commercial Lawyer
Executive Member since: 28 May 2018
Experience: Law, child protection and social work, property.

Alexandra Wall

Occupation: Marketing Manager 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020 
Experience: Community leadership, management and governance, senior management experience 


Members of the State Leadership Team

Members of the Joyce Price Centre Staff Team (JPC)

Our Organisational Structure